Mapping the social innovation ecosystems around public libraries together: the Czech connection(s)

Making CommunitySense

How to pool resources that were already there, acknowledging that Brno is a truly smart city in terms of its large social capital of its many vibrant communities? Public libraries are cornerstones of civil society.

2019 206

The Meaning of Depth and Breadth in Education

Jenny Connected

What might it mean to think of breadth in education, not in terms of curriculum coverage, but in terms of flexibly using different types of attention to open ourselves up to understanding the world? But perhaps thinking about breadth in terms of flexibility (i.e.

2019 174

Tinkering with the system won’t help reinvent the purpose of education

Jenny Connected

In this podcast the same question is being discussed more than ten years later and it seems that little progress has been made in ‘reinventing education’, at least in terms of creativity.

2019 208

Two kinds of knowing

Jenny Connected

It is not easily captured in words and resists general terms. minutes), who points out the limitations of rote learning of meaningless terms without understanding. This is the third theme I have selected from Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Master and His Emissary.

2019 155

The Meaning of ‘Flow’ in Education

Jenny Connected

These characteristics describe the process needed to experience ‘flow’ in Csikszentmihali’s terms.

2019 193

What did Socrates ever do for us?

Jenny Connected

He was the first to teach the priority of personal integrity in terms of a person’s duty to himself, and not to the gods, or the law, or any other authorities. ‘What did the Greeks ever do for us?’

2019 139

Engaged Customer definitions: Super Users, Influencers, Advocates

Community Guy

Over the years, we’ve heard a great many terms to describe “Engaged Customers”… influencers, super users, super fans, advocates, and more. Each one of these terms define a very different type of Engaged Customer, so it’s important not to use them interchangeably. Short term Marketing oriented – The goal of a marketer working with an influencer is specifically to push a short term, product/service oriented agenda. Definitions are important. Language matters. .

2019 89

Unschooling myself: traces through time


So sometimes I feel not fully satisfied because I’m not able to pinpoint in traditional terms what exactly I do. Something I find amazing every time I experience it – how unschooling as an educational choice for the kids turns to be a personal learning trajectory for us, as parents. Over the years it made me face my worst fears and imperfections, to see and accept things as they are and to learn from that point.

2019 89

My personal year of learning about evaluation

Chris Corrigan

It has led me into powerful learning relationships with colleagues like Trilby Smith from the Vancouver Foundation, with whom I have been learning through a long term Theory of Philanthropy project with that organizations.

2019 75

The Value of Community Ecosystems

Online Community Strategy

Content editors played the roles of community manager and moderator – “community management” wasn’t a term of art yet. A version of this post appeared on LinkedIn in February of 2019. I’ve worked with some form of community my entire career.

2019 46

The politics of translation and the role of staff in Sudbury schools


While discussing the choices for a Russian translation different arguments were put forward: Enabling strong connection with an international audience by using an English term literally or choosing the one in Russian that is most likely to be translated back into English as staff , so there is no “lost in translation” discrepancies. Being immediately understood by the Russians by using an existing Russian term closest meaning-wise, while not fully addressing the meaning.

2019 89

Even Simpler and More Hopeless Than That

How to Save the World

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2019 54

Capacity building and scaling a participatory approach

Chris Corrigan

Monica asked whether hoping these practices would just go viral in a networked way is enough, and I replied with the following, tracing a couple of long term projects I have been involved in that have supported systems change in child and family services in British Columbia.

2019 68

Writing Grey Words

How to Save the World

I n my last post, I played with using a grey colour (#999999) for all words that represent things that aren’t real — that is, they exist only as constructs of the mind , and in the absence of anyone , they simply don’t exist. It’s actually an extraordinarily large list.

2019 56

From the feed

Chris Corrigan

New Power is reflected in both models (crowd-sourced, open access, very different from the ‘consume and comply’ Old Power variety or the ‘participation farms’ of Uber and Facebook) and values (informal, collaborative, transparent, do it yourself, participatory but with short-term affiliations).

2019 56